‘Global Economy’ Archive

Florida Ports – Investment and the Potential Upside

Florida surpassed New York as the third largest state by population, and is the main anchor for the fast-growing Southeast region. Florida’s geographic location positions it to be a major player in the global distribution network, both as a consumer market and major exporter with strong linkages throughout the region. The state of Florida is […]

South America: Politics And Foreign Trade Hinder Growth

Peru, Colombia and Chile have been garnering a lot of international attention as they continue to show overall economic improvements driven by favorable public policies. Unfortunately, decelerating trade and lower commodity pricing are affecting both the trade balance and currency levels, particularly for Colombia and Peru where negative trade balances have resulted in a much […]

Select South American Markets On The Rise

While much of the world’s spotlight has recently been focused on Brazil, the commercial real estate markets for Colombia and Peru, in particular, have been performing notably well and are forging a much stronger presence on the world stage. Spurring much of this commercial growth is GDP. In 2014, the Colombian economy grew at a […]

Brazil: A Sort Of Quagmire

On February 8th, The Economist printed a major article entitled, “In a quagmire,” about recent economic events in Brazil. The article was on point, and does a good job of explaining what the country is going through; politicians wagging the dog, soaring inflation, eroding consumption, deteriorating fiscal accounts, corruption scandals (i.e. Petrobras), and a major […]

Vacancy Rises As São Paulo Demand Grows

Over the last year and a half, São Paulo vacancy has jumped 3.1 percentage points for all CBD class A properties. Historical analysis of vacancy rates show that 15% is the market’s equilibrium point, so in second quarter 2014 São Paulo officially became a tenant’s market.

The Effects of the Panama Canal Expansion on U.S. Ports

The expansion of the Panama Canal is often referred to as a game-changer for global trade. The extent of the impact of Panama Canal expansion will depend largely on how U.S. ports and inland transportation providers invest in improvements to their infrastructure. With 65% of the canal’s tonnage either departing from or arriving to ports […]

Brazil Post World Cup

The World Cup ended on Sunday and despite their loss the early consensus is that Brazil was generally well-regarded as host by the international community. The next big hurdle that awaits Brazil are the Olympic Games in 2016. While Brazil can take a sigh of relief now that one of their major forays onto the […]

FIBRAS, An Attractive Investment Alternative In Mexico?

Following the economy’s slowdown in 2013, when the GDP grew 1.2%, the consensus of analysts estimate that the Mexican business environment will accelerate and GDP will grow close to 2% in 2014; this as a result of increased external demand following the recovery in the U.S., increased government spending with emphasis on infrastructure and a […]

Construction On The Rise: Supply Barely Keeps Up With Demand In The Burgeoning I-81 And I-78 Distribution Corridor

Chances are if you’ve heard of them, they have a presence in the I-81/I-78 Distribution Corridor: Walmart, Lowes, Amazon.com, Nestle, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble – and the list goes on. With access to over 50% of the U.S. population and 60% of Canada’s within a 24-hour truck drive, it’s not surprising that a wide range […]

Retail Temperature Check: Latin America

We took a look at shopping center development in Latin America over the last two years and the findings were a mixed bag. Much of the data in our most recent Latin America Retail Shopping Center Development MarketBeat reflect recent overall economic activity in Latin America. But some surprises came out of C&W’s fist ever […]